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Finger Lakes Project

Sustainability Curriculum Development Workshop

 “Designing Transformative Sustainability Learning Experiences”


Thursday, July 14 – Friday, July 15, 2016

Wells College, Aurora NY 13026


Developing 21st century leaders who understand their roles and responsibilities as global citizens requires a big-picture, “systems” approach to problem-solving.  More faculty are responding to the need to infuse considerations of sustainability into courses within their academic discipline or to create wholly new interdisciplinary courses. “Bringing across” content from less familiar knowledge domains and integrating it within one’s disciplinary curricula – teaching “outside the lines” – requires specialized training and support. The Finger Lakes Project offers just such a specialized faculty training program to support sustainability curriculum development.


During this 2-day interactive training workshop, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of Education for Sustainability (EfS)
  • Receive coaching to develop outcome-based lesson plans that integrate sustainability education into your curriculum and content.
  • Experience models for integrating content from the three “pillars” of sustainability education (social justice, science and economics) into your classes.
  • Explore curriculum models that integrate diverse modalities into age-appropriate, engaging, content-rich and complex learning.
  • Be trained in constructivist media decoding that integrates critical literacy and content knowledge into your EfS toolkit.
  • Practice classroom-based questioning strategies.
  • Explore and evaluate models for inquiry-based pedagogy.


The Finger Lakes Project is designed to support K-12 through College educators interested in embedding sustainability content, thinking and practice into their teaching.  Participants will have the opportunity for follow up collaboration or coaching for curriculum integration.


Early Bird workshop fee:  $100 including all meals and workshop materials (rate good until June 24)

Note: Early Birds will get a survey to enable the facilitators to tailor the workshop to better meet your needs.


Regular workshop fee: $150 including all meals and workshop materials (register before July 7)

Wells College on-campus lodging is available for $55 per night.


Learn more about the 2016 Finger Lakes Project workshop


K-12 educatorsRegister for the 2016 Finger Lakes Project workshop (using My Learning Plan)


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The Finger Lakes Project workshop facilitation team:


  • Karryn Olson-Ramanujan is principal educator for SEEDS (Strategy, Education, & Ecological Design for Sustainability) Consulting, which offers transformative learning that enables clients to participate in the sustainability revolution.


  • Chris Sperry, award winning teacher and PD trainer will lead trainings in integrating media literacy and critical thinking into the curriculum. Other Project Look Sharp coaches will also be available to support participant’s learning.


Have questions about the Finger Lakes Project workshop? Contact Marian Brown, director, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, Wells College, at 315-364-3304 or